2) Undertake specific steps to cultivate natural physical action in speaking. I suggest the following:
a) Pray for the more complete liberation of your entire redeemed humanity.
2 Cor. 3:17
b) Consciously yield your entire redeemed humanity to the Lord as His vehicle to convey His truth.
ILL. Achille’s prayer
John C. Ryle, Christian Leaders of the 18th Century, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2002), p. 274.
c) Pray for more felt earnestness in preaching.
As with the use of the voice, so it is with respect to physical action in preaching. The primary regulator of both voice and hands is the earnest heart.
ILL. A distraught mother thinking her child is in a burning house.
Joshua H. McIlvaine, Elocution: The Sources and Elements of Its Power, (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1895), pp. 88-89.
d) Work at developing animation in congenial, non-ministerial situations
Become an abandoned little child when interacting with little children. Almost all the old writers point to children as the great models of the profoundly natural relationship between the mind, the heart, the tongue and physical gestures.